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Series 1 - Episode 7
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The wonderful Regency London of
makes you wonder why more dramas aren’t set there. It’s a gift for production designers and if there were a Bafta for best furnishing of weird rooms, Taboo would walk it. So the backcloth is great, and Taboo has vivid characters – people like louche chemist Cholmondely (Tom Hollander) and weary mandarin Coop (Jason Watkins).
With such a watchable hero in Tom Hardy everything should click, but for some reason the plot now seems to be huffing and puffing at exactly the point (this is the penultimate episode) where it should be gaining speed. Never mind, there’s still plenty to enjoy. As his fate hangs in the balance, James burns leaves and summons spirits.
James Delaney realises being a pariah businessman in Regency London with both the Crown and the East India Company as enemies is an unenviable fate. Having lost everything, he suffers a devastating betrayal, one that places all that he has left - his freedom - in jeopardy. Armed with the opportunity they have been waiting for, Delaney's enemies conspire to take him down for good. Meanwhile, Lorna Bow sets out to discover the truth, as Zilpha comes to realise she has perhaps already found her own. Historical drama, starring Tom Hardy, Jessie Buckley and Oona Chaplin.
Cast & Crew
James Keziah Delaney
Sir Stuart Strange
Evelyn Van Marle
Tallulah Rose Haddon
Jamie de Courcey
Officer Dragoon Guards
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